You may have seen a formula 1 pit stop where, the pit-crew is busy unscrewing and re-screwing in new tyres. The demands of this sport require quick adjustments. However, for the rest of us, we are afforded more time. However, with more time we are usually left wanting when it comes to the overall maintenance and health of our tires. Thus, here are a few tips on how to take care of your tires:
- Check If Your Tires Are Worn Out
Simply you have no excuse for not checking your tires to see if the tread still has a strong pattern or has started balding on the sides, or all over.
- Keep Checking On The Pressure
Keep checking on the pressure of your tires, at every chance you get. A good pressure is able to handle and accommodate the weight of your car. It also makes steering quite easy as it meets the demands of swerving, turning, accelerating and decelerating.
Another very important reason as to why we should check on pressure is we also want the tyres to be less susceptible to unnecessary wear and tear. Be sure to check your tires weekly. Also, check on them before long trips, and when they are cool.
There are many advantages to maintaining the pressure including great longer tyre life and even saving up on fuel.
- Maintain Balance
Good balance helps distributes the weight of your car across evenly, where there isn’t any strain on either side or tyre. Balance should be checked whenever you replace a tyre. Balancing helps avoid unwarranted early wear and totally removes vibrations, meaning you get a smoother ride. Lastly, balancing is done by adding or removing balancing weights or buying new tyres altogether.
- Wheel Alignment
Make sure that your wheels are properly aligned, especially when you spot uneven wear on your tyres. Get a specialist to check on them as you don’t want your car to start dragging on the road.
- Rotate your Tyres
Having the same tires all the time is asking for trouble. Make sure that after every 5,000 miles, or 6 months you have changed them.
- Spare Tyres
Make sure that you check up on your spear tyre once a month, so that whenever the need arises for its use it can be of help.
- Storage and Handling of Tyres
When the tyres are not at use, they may still find themselves in hazardous environments. Make sure you store them in cool, dry places and where there aren’t any lingering electrical discharges or highly flammable substances.
The valves are essential to controlling the amount of pressure that is in your tyre. During the course of your driving the valves get worn out and aren’t able to hold your tyres’ pressure as need be. Thus, with this in mind manufacturers advise replacing the valves every time they are mounted onto new wheels.
These are just some of the tips to having well maintained tyres. Check the video below courtesy of Daily Motion to see how scammers who are making old tyres look new, and selling them to unsuspecting motorists, and also be sure to leave a comment or another tip I may have left out.